EPSS Lecture: Role of Civil Society of Belgium in Promoting Peace in the Ukraine

On December 4th 2014, Vesalius College in cooperation with the Global Governance Institute and the Institute for European Studies, held the concluding lecture for the European Peace & Security Lecture Series, “Role of Civil Society of Belgium in Promoting Peace in the Ukraine.”

EPSS Dec 4_Bogdana DepoThe lecture brought together four different perspectives of active civil society groups in Belgium, each looking at different approaches to the Ukraine Crisis. For example, the role of media, communications, and raising awareness in Belgium.

The speakers included:

Bogdana Depo, Marie Curie Fellow and former advisor to Standing Rapporteur on Ukraine, gave a powerpoint lecture on EU-Ukraine’s current on-goings and the potential future of institutional relations.EPSS Dec 4_Anna Yavorska

Anna Yavorska, Head of NGO Bridge EU-Ukraine, focused her presentation on how Ukrainians’ patriotism has changed before and after the Crisis.

EPSS Dec 4_Marta BarandiyMarta Barandiy, is the Head of NGO Promote Ukraine looked at how the achievement of peace is connected to awareness and familiarisation with Ukraine and Ukrainians.

Vilyen Pidgoryy, a member of the board of Ukraine Crisis Media Centre and provided information on current data, figures and statistics regarding the current situation.EPSS Dec 4_Vilyen Pidgoryy

The presentations were followed by an interactive and engaging Q&A session, which was then proceeded by a light reception.